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The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life

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Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live–all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine. 

For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Zondervan
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Anne Bogel
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to provide an endorsement for Ally. This is what I said:

Good things come to those who write. I'm thrilled that this book will help so many people benefit from the power of putting words on the page, learning through Allison Fallon's firm but friendly instruction both why and how to develop their own writing practice—because words can change everything.

If you're looking for inspiration or for how-tos, you'll find both here.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful this book landed in my lap when it did. It was honestly just what I was looking for (and as a full-time teacher and mom of two under 3, I’m really choosy about what I invest my time in). As someone who has daily arguments with myself about how I should be writing more, this book did so much more for me than just remind me why I should write. The author actually taught me several tools to help me get out of my own head and onto the paper. She shows exactly what to do when you’re ...more
Steph R.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I’ve read a lot of books written by people whose goal is to motivate me to write more, better, faster, etc. This book is different. It inspires us to dig deep within ourselves and simply practice writing, and in turn to be transformed by it. It can help us heal, it can show us perspective, and it can help us change our lives. I can not recommend this book enough.
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
For those who are aspiring to be writers this is a great book to start with. I liked the way how the author have given so many examples and benefits behind writing on regular basis. She also adds that everybody has got some story to say and guide others which can be put in form of writing.

The author encourages each one of us to start writing and reminds us over and over that how therapeutic it could be. My most favourite chapter is the sixth.

Tears are words that need to be written."
-Paulo Coel
The  Conch
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
"Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man" - Francis Bacon

This book is interesting as it impels one to write only for 5 / 10/ 20 minutes a day. This book may serve as a great remedy for writer's block or several myths for not writing such as i can't write, i am not writer, who will read my writing, shame for grammatical mistakes etc.

Writing is not only related with publishing a book, it has enormous psychological impact on a person. It is called "expressive wr
Bobbi Salkeld
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
In its practicality, this book may very well change my life.
Carmen Liffengren
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Words are powerful.

Fallon's book about writing isn't necessarily about publishing, but more, it's about using writing to unlock, to articulate well, and to dig deep within ourselves to find our stories. Her book is an excellent resource on the power of words and the transformative nature of writing it down.
Sarah Joy
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic for beginners who want to get into a writing practice! Allison Fallon offers some fresh ways of thinking about and approaching writing!
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is not your average self help book. I would love to see more books published about this topic. While I enjoyed the book and would still recommend others read it, I found the book to have some major flaws. The flaws made me think this book needed some more editing.

-no cohesion between chapters it felt very choppy to me. The chapters could have been standalone short stories

-brag much? A lot of the book felt like bragging or promoting her business. I get it you work with “real writers” and f
Holly Fisher
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about writing for everyone -- not just those who fancy themselves writers. It's for those who have never considered themselves writers or for those who have a secret longing to write but don't know where and how to start. This book is simply about the power of writing and words and how a daily writing practice can positively impact our lives. Whether you dream of writing a book or simply want to create a record of your life for your loved ones, this book will help you get started. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
The Power of Writing it Down is a book for everyone, because everyone is a writer. Expressive writing has powerful benefits to our lives and Allison Fallon does a wonderful job of merging the science with the practicalities of creating a writing practice. The chapter on writing with the infinity prompt should be required reading for all therapists and anyone in therapy. It shows how beautifully our brain can rewrite our feelings through telling ourselves (writing about) a different story. Alliso ...more
Donna Arcara
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
I followed Anne Bogel to this book and I expected to love it; I can't leave a 2 star review without doing right by the the author and explaining why I didn't enjoy it. Guilt keeps making me want to up it to at least 3 stars! I liked some of the information about the limbic brain and its importance in writing expressively; I feel sure the advice about environment and mindset is good. I'm sure the author is a lovely and talented person. But I walked away, an actual DNF of the audiobook, about 2/3 ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about this book is that it's not just for people who consider themselves writers. It is a book for anyone who writes at all, and the personal benefits that writing brings to our lives, whether the things we write are for an audience or not. ...more
Corina Markovich
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Got this book because of the catchy title and it was honestly so good. Excited to start writing again for myself.
Stan Stinson
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Write It Down – It can be powerful but only if you do it - Let this book show you how.

Why do you read any book? I expect you read for the same reason I do, to be entertained, to learn something new, or to be reminded of something you may have forgotten or to see something familiar from a different perspective.

This book checked all of those boxes for me. I expect when you get your copy and read it your boxes will be checked too. You will have discovered how powerful writing “it” down can be, wha
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I just finished reading this but could not tell you what its central thesis is. Its meandering narrative is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's rambling stream of consciousness narratives. ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I was a little disappointed with this book. For some reason it didn’t really click with me. It felt like a long blog post with very little actionable advice. But I see most reviews of it are 5 star, so obviously it has been helpful for a lot of people.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
When I first heard Allison Fallon talk about the immune-boosting benefits of writing, I was hooked. She promised more fascinating research in her book, and I was drawn to the data. To be sure, Fallon delivers many such insights in "The Power of Writing It Down," and they are well worth reading.

That said, most of Fallon's information comes from other people's research, particularly James W. Pennebaker (who has his own books on the subject of expressive writing - I have not read them myself). I w
Tabatha Sanders
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was going to tell me how to organize my life and thoughts better by writing things down and keeping better track of my To-Do list, for example. I’m glad I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the power of writing “your story” down and how therapeutic it can be. Creating a physical space to write, looking at your priorities, and blocking off time to write will allow you to get inside your head, examine what really matters, and work it out with words, one of the ...more
Josh Olds
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The real review of this book will come in six months and in the form of whether or not I have a finished manuscript, but until then, this review will have to do. The Power of Writing It Down is two hundred pages of emotional encouragement and practical technique as Allison Fallon takes readers down the path of becoming writers. (HINT: We are all writers.)

The first couple of chapters address the excuses of “I don’t have a story” and “I’m not a writer.” Fallon encourages readers to simply write fo
Kristin Vanderlip
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Power of Writing It Down is not a book about writing for writers--I mean it is but it isn’t the way you might think. This book reveals the truth that we are all writers who can use writing as a tool to change our lives. There is no fluffy magic or woo-woo ideas here. This book is solid, researched, practical, lived out by the author and thousands of others, and completely inviting no matter what reservations you might have about leaning into the practice of writing.

Generally speaking, we ar
Jenna Gareis
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
“Writing will show you the stories you’ve made up about your life. It will show you how those narratives are just that - made up. And it will help you change the narratives so you can change the outcome. Writing helps us step outside of our stories and see them differently. It helps us reclaim our stories for ourselves again.” (P. 101)

Five things about The Power of Writing It Down by Allison Fallon.

1. Too much time is spent trying to “sell” and promote the author’s business, workshops, podcast
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing, self-help
I really liked this book; found it had some practical advice for the writing life, whether the writing life is for publication or for therapy or for some other reason (there may be other reasons to write). In fact, she thinks EVERYONE should write, it's good for you, like exercise. In that way, her book reminds me of Brenda Ueland's single "If You Want To Write," which contains this sentence, "everyone is talented, original, and has something to say" (I will need to check for accuracy on this qu ...more
Ally says it best -- "The invitation to write is an invitation to find your voice" (Chapter 2). In this book, Ally walks you through that process of finding and hearing your own voice step-by-step. She starts with what writing can help you do and why you often feel stuck and unable to write, then moves to showing you that no matter how you identify yourself you are also a writer. It is practical -- with ways you can make space to write. It is reflective and deep -- the best writing comes from as ...more
Shelley Singh
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This inspiring book delves into how the power of words can change our stories' narrative to usher healing by utilizing the power of perspective.
The premise is writing can be instrumental in helping process pieces of your life as you navigate the journey to wholeness.
This book spoke to me personally on many levels. Ally covers the neuroscience of rewiring the brain and the potential to change our thought process. This book is a stark reminder of the life changing nature that story telling can b
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-mrs-darcy
Are you a writer? Do you write, compose, and send at least three emails or text messages every day? What is your earliest memory of writing? This is the trinity of questions that serve as the catalyst for Allison Fallon’s The Power of Writing It Down. “There is something miraculously healing about the power of writing it down, whether what you’re writing down is fact or fiction.” To write is to create something out of nothing, and, as image bearers of our Creator, we are all writers. To write is ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
There are paragraphs in here that are stunning. Truths to hold onto.

And then there are other moments where I think I just disagree with the author. It posed a confusing read. I went from irritated and critical to moved and taking notes every few pages.

The larger prose is disappointing. There a repeated apologetic tone for the brain science the author engages to make her point. I think it was meant to be approachable but came off as uncertain.

The repeated use of "most people perceive writing th
Michelle Krol
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Equal parts therapy, clever writing habits, inspiration and motivation, this bright and mighty book is more than a guide for writing, it's a guide for life. And still it will be placed among my favorite, often-referenced books on writing. To write well, we live aware and awake to our life. And this book helps unlock our power to do just that. Ally is genuine and generous as she guides through stories, prompts, and questions to help us find the answers that we already possess, answers that may ha ...more
Carol Keller
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
I love Fallon's podcast "Find Your Voice" and I agree with the premise of this book. That we can change our lives through writing because it can ask our mind to work in a new way. But, I didn't love the book, it had more words than it needed and it does not escape my notice that I'm saying that about a book about the importance of writing and words.

I can see myself using her Infinity Prompt for journaling: 1. What are the facts? 2. What is the story I'm telling myself about the facts? 3. What a
Molly Grimmius
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was not exactly what I expected going into the book in that I really thought we were taking about why writing is such a powerful act... and yes she did but it was more on this one type of writing... expressive writing... specifically moments in your life that are full of feelings and writing through those. It is the type of writing she leads in a workshop... I basically felt like she was taking her workshop and putting it in book format but without the in person time to try writing prompts. ...more
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Allison Fallon is the author of The Power of Writing It Down, as well as Packing Light and Indestructible. She is a speaker, and the founder of Find Your Voice, a community that supports anyone who wants to write anything. She has helped leaders of multi-national corporations, stay-at-home moms, Olympic gold medalists, recovering addicts, political figures, CEOs, and prison inmates use the Find Yo ...more

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